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South Carolina Football: Alshon Jeffery's Speedy 40-Time Proves Critics Wrong

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes a catch during the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Alex RobertsCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2012

Alshon Jeffery finally ran the 40-yard dash. That is, the event he was supposedly hiding because of his "slow" speed.

He ran it in 4.47 seconds, after ESPN's Kevin Weidl initially timed him at a 4.38. 

Does that seem like a slow 40-yard dash to you?

The answer is a resounding no. It's now entirely possible that Jeffery will bounce up draft boards, big-time. 

All of the doubters of Jeffery should have done one thing before running their mouths. That is, watch some film of the guy. He's always been fast enough. His 4.38 time was a little bit off, but his 4.47 time clearly indicates that this man has good speed. 

The scary part? He still has the best hands and most explosive jump-ball skills in the draft. He's much more efficient going up for the ball than both Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd. 

His "weight" (now an official 213 pounds) and "work ethic" (one of the hardest-working players on the South Carolina team) were unjustly called into question. 

He's the perfect example of a player who did nothing wrong personally, yet had his draft stock plummet due to talking heads. 

Why?

His game tape speaks for himself. He's a 6'4", 213-pound man with amazing hands, excellent college production and now a fast 40-yard time to add to his resume. He won't be one of the first two receivers taken, but he should be. 

Jeffery will make some low first-round or high second-round team very happy.

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